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From August 4 to October 3, the State Museum of the East hosts an exhibition of the famous artist, sculptor Alfiz Sabirov. The exhibition presents more than eighty works of the artist - sculptures in bronze and plaster, jewelry, graphic sheets, carpets. 


The artist created his own mythology, elaborated in detail and embodied in many images. This is the world of gods and warriors, oriental princesses, animal totems born from the artist's imagination.

- If we turn to publications, we will learn about you as a sculptor. However, at the exhibition in the Museum of the East Spectators see not only sculptural forms, but also graphics and even carpets. Do you consider yourself a sculptor? What do other types of fine art mean to you - addition, experiments? Or is every type of art you turn to equally important?

- I am a sculptor by the way I think. And no matter what I do, sooner or later I would become a sculptor. Yes, in addition to sculptures, there are also carpets, graphics, and jewelry. For me, this is primarily an opportunity to study new things, to find new facets in known things. Let's say, for me, the combination of sculpture and carpets is a new form of meaning, an organic combination of traditions and modernity. Since a person studies all his life, gains experience every minute, and it is typical for me to ask myself the question “How will it be?”. The combination of different types of art, various experiments and new moves in the field of sculpture allow you to gain life experience, reflect, imagine, search. The natural state of affairs, as in life. Such works are always important for me, what are the same carpets worth. Before starting to implement the idea, I studied the art of carpet and traditions for a long time. Thousands of knots of wool (silk) - a special code created by the hands of masters. 

- You work in bronze, plaster. Perhaps bronze is your favorite material? Why bronze?

- Bronze has all the power and strength of many eras. And this material is absolutely understandable for me, as if I have been familiar with it for many millennia. This is the material in which the spirit of the times, the past in the first place, is felt. To put it simply, I understand bronze, and she understands me. Bronze allows me to portray my world, legends and myths, the way I see them. And also, working with bronze is always a challenge, a challenge to oneself, there is always the question “will it work out?”, Because the material is complex. But, as it seems to me, in any case, you can “agree” with him. With the help of bronze, you can show the hardness of stone and the fluidity of water.  

- What is the Turkic theme of your work connected with? Why is ancient history so attractive?

- I was brought up in a Tatar family. For me, this is my story, my memories. In my works, to one degree or another, everything heard, seen in childhood and now is reflected, they also contain the history of the antiquity of the Turkic peoples and not only. Relatively speaking, this is a mix consisting of different eras, cultures of peoples/civilizations, childhood memories and imagination. Antiquity attracts me because of its mystery, its depth. 

Museum of the East A boy with a sword. 2009 Bronze, casting. 9x6x2 cm. Property of the author.jpg

- "Ayu bala" is the name of the exhibition. Several exhibits in the exposition have this name. What does this phrase mean?

- The name of the sculpture is based on Turkic words. The word "Ayu" means "bear", "bala" - "child". In this work, the symbol of a child who is under protection. The bear is like a strong animal, a keeper. The child seems to be wrapped in a shell, armor. As a child, I often heard from my parents and grandparents the phrase: "Be strong like a bear." Many families repeat these words from generation to generation. From childhood, the child is endowed with protection, he is “programmed” by his parents.

- What works and topics are especially favorite?

- For me , of course, at the heart of everything at the moment is the sculpture "Ayu bala". The theme of the connection between generations is one of the main themes. No less interesting themes of childhood, for example, the very first work "Boy with a Sword". The theme of a woman, fertility, here we can recall the sculpture "Princess". The theme of time, the values of life, images of warriors, mythical animals, everything is interesting. Innovative works are especially valuable to me, for example, “An archaic smile. Head of the goddess Sau”, where lipstick is used along with bronze. Great attention to the works, where there is a theme of strength, inner strength in the first place. 

- Among the exhibits one can see both those gravitating towards realism and semi-abstract forms. Bars Tabar, Sky, Insomnia, Sunset - this is rather a plastic transfer of emotion. What kind of emotions do these works convey, what is their nature?

- It seems to me that everyone has these images inside. We are also heading/going somewhere (to the future, through the past). We also live under the sky. We are all worried about insomnia, at times, thoughts are born in our head every time. Every day we watch the sunset and wait for the sunrise. In general, these works are about everyone. They contain the world around us, they contain nature itself, they (the works) themselves are the personification of the time in which we live and in which we lived. For example, two works - "Bars Tabar 2" - a symbol of connection and the trinity of time, the personification of the elements, going, in the literal translation "will find". And the sculpture "Insomnia" - insomnia in the form of a stingray, the surface of which is strewn with eyes, the vigilant vigil of thought, a wavy surface like water, captures everything in its path. 

Museum of the East Alfiz Sabirov 2.jpg

- In the titles of your works you use words with Turkic roots. They sound mysterious. You modify some words, there are names you made up, and the characters themselves. For example, Kameshtashtan - what is this bull with golden horns? Or the goddess Sau, who attracts with her archaic smile and bright red lipstick - what kind of legend is associated with this character? ". Based on a fictional story. This is a bull in a "green" patina, with golden horns. Perhaps he has a special task, perhaps he is the custodian of something valuable. This is up to the viewer to find out. Many titles of works have Turkic words. Thus, I conduct a search, and a code is already set at the basis of the sculpture and the image. In general, these words are like open cabinet doors, going into this cabinet you can get into Narnia. Unfamiliar, but mysterious words lead us into a new story, and reveal many interesting facts, hang out the image. For example, the work “Balla”, as we already know “bala” is “child”, here the image is slightly modified, a second “l” is added, thereby melodiousness appears. Or, for example, the name of the sculpture "Tuuzan" where a horse is depicted. "Tuzan" from Tat./Turk. "dust". The second letter "y" seems to add a certain strength and power, as if a roar of hooves is heard, the word is like a mantra, and besides, perhaps this is the name of a personal image. 

"Goddess Sau" is one of the mysterious works for me. So many questions. Its origin is interesting. The story here is as follows. Once, a long time ago after us, let's say it is 3022, archaeologists found a bronze head while excavating the settlement of Ur Man. It was later established that she portrays the Goddess Sau. After further research, it was found that her lips were covered in red pigment, which was later determined to be lipstick. The image of a woman of that period was restored ... What is this fictional story about? For me - about the value of life, about what the past is and what the present / future is, about what norms and rules. And we have to learn the words of Sau, Ur Man, as well as many other things.  

- Judging by the exhibits presented at the exhibition in the Museum of the East, you feel comfortable both in small and in fairly large forms. Small plasticity is close to jewelry art, moreover, at the exhibition we see the Ayu bala ring. A number of very small items, such as the "Artifacts" series, can also be imagined as jewelry, for example, in the form of pendants. Do you plan to further develop the jewelry direction in your work?

- Yes, I have been interested in this for a long time. Moreover, the audience loves it. Small plasticity allows you to concentrate the image, work is underway on stylization, and this gives its own experience and result. I am very happy to work in small forms. In addition, it is always interesting to present this or that image in the form of a ring or pendant, for example. In the future, there will definitely be new rings, cufflinks, pendants and a lot of interesting things. 

Oriental Museum A unicorn from our village. 2010. Bronze, casting. 9x20x12 cm. Collection ....jpg

- Some of the sculptural compositions can be imagined in large size, up to urban sculptures. Have you ever thought of trying yourself in large-scale forms in city?

- I often hear the opinion that in the urban environment, on the streets of cities, these sculptures would look great. that these are 4-5 meter works.I have been thinking about going to the city for a long time.Several times I was offered, but such proposals are not interesting, because they asked for works that are unusual for my style and worldview.Now, in parallel with other works, I am searching for an image, working on sketches of urban sculptures

- An interactive exhibit - perfumes - was unexpected for the audience. How did the idea of creating them come about? , were able to reflect the idea?

- I would like to tell you about the sculpture, the form. Everyone perceives information and the world around him in his own way. There are visuals, auditory, kinesthetics, discretes. Perfume allows you to add new content to the world of bronze images. Thus, the sculpture is perceived through the sense of smell, through the aroma of perfume. Yes, in general, it's great when there is an opportunity to experience emotions not only through the visuals. The aroma of perfume "Princess" performs a special function here. It was created on the basis of the sculpture of the same name. That is, one is very closely intertwined with the other. As far as I know, there are already legends about these spirits, so everyone liked them. At the heart of the fragrance "Princess" is a spring flower, a tulip. At the same time, I wanted to feel the wind, warm earth, feather grass, sunset in the steppe. And it seems to me that the work of a perfumer reflects the intention. When the wind scattered the seeds of the bud on the earth and every spring this earth awakens, a new cycle, a rebirth. A feather grass in the wind, a sunset, and again a new dawn.


Greater Asia media resource is official media partner< b> State Museum of Oriental Art.

 


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